India To Buy Indian As Defence Procurement Rules Change


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Aug 25, 2015
New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has given the green signal to major changes in how India buys its defence equipment. From now, priority will be given to indigenously designed, developed and manufactured defence equipment, Mr Parrikar said.

India wants defence equipment to be designed in India. This will not only help India retain the Intellectual Property Right, but build an "eco- system" for manufacturing defence equipment.

To continue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make in India push, under the new rules, indigenously designed, developed and manufactured equipment must have at least 40 per cent Indian components. In case the design isn't Indian, 60 per cent Indian component is necessary.

To encourage research and development in private sector, the department of defence production will bear 90% of design and development cost of major systems.

Small and medium scale industries will be given up to Rs. 3-10 crore funding for design and development and contract within 24 months. "If we cannot give them the contract, then we propose to refund their entire cost," the minister said.

"I will try to ensure that at least 30% of our procurement is sourced from them. Defence public sector companies have been instructed to source as much as possible for small and medium industries," he added.

Also, the earlier practice of off-set, where a foreign vendor had to source a percentage of contract from Indian companies, has been changed. Off-set will be applicable for contracts worth over Rs. 2000 crore.

The entire focus, including that of looking for strategic partners to manufacture critical equipment like fighter jets encourages business and enterprise in India, "therefore we didn't think fit to continue with the previous off-set policy," the Defence minister said.

A special committee will take calls on anomalies that come up during procurement.

India has embarked on a massive defence modernisation programme and during his recent visits abroad, PM Modi has emphasized that the manufacturing should be done in India.

While in the US, PM Modi has conveyed the message to various corporate leaders, including Lockheed Martin Chairman Marillyn Hewson and others.

A chunk of defence equipment including Russian Kamov helicopters, Sea Fighter Jets and artillery guns will soon be made in India.

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Are policy changes like these completely effective ?
How does 19 crore funding end up in developing cutting edge techs ? Craving for some serious answers.

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